Anna Castle

Biography

Anna Castle writes two series of novels: the Francis Bacon mysteries and the Lost Hat, Texas mysteries. She has earned a series of degrees -- BA in the Classics, MS in Computer Science, and a Ph.D in Linguistics -- and has had a corresponding series of careers -- waitressing, software engineering, grammar-writing, assistant professor, and archivist. Historical fiction combines her lifelong love of stories and learning. She physically resides in Austin, Texas, but mentally counts herself a queen of infinite space.

Smashwords Interview

What are you working on next?
Book 4 in the Francis Bacon mystery series, Publish and Perish, just launched. This month I'm doing writing business chores like spiffing up my mailing list (www.annacastle.com.) July is Shorts Month in Austintatious, during which we challenge each other to write a short a story each week. In August, I'm researching and plotting book 3 of the Moriarty series, which is set in the late Victorian theater world. Draft 1 gets written in September and October, revised in November, and published in December, when I'll do a little more writing business and write a couple more shorts. Then the cycle begins again!
Describe your desk
I just got a Varidesk, which can be used either sitting or standing. I'm still fiddling with it, but the standing is good -- good for the back, good for the energy levels. I'm looking forward to writing my next book on my feet!
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Books

Publish and Perish
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 94,560. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
Francis Bacon must stop the murder of London’s popular pamphleteers, but he and his intelligencers are being deceived — by their own desires.
The Francis Bacon Mysteries: Books 1-3
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 288,790. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Historical » Renaissance
Francis Bacon reluctantly puts down his books to solve crimes in Elizabethan London, aided by Thomas Clarady, a privateer’s son who will do anything to climb into the ranks of the gentry — or up to a lady’s bedchamber.
The Widows Guild
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 97,480. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
London, 1588: Someone is turning Catholics into widows, taking advantage of armada fever to mask the crimes. Francis Bacon is charged with identifying the murderer by the Andromache Society, a widows’ guild led by his formidable aunt. He must free his friends from the Tower, track an exotic poison, and untangle multiple crimes to determine if the motive is patriotism, greed, lunacy — or all three.
Death by Disputation
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 105,730. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
Thomas Clarady is sent to Cambridge to infiltrate a group of radical Puritans with Francis Bacon as his spymaster. When Tom finds his tutor hanging from the roof beams, his first suspect is the volatile poet Christopher Marlowe. Chased by three lusty women and spurred by the exacting Bacon, Tom risks his very soul to catch the criminals.
Murder by Misrule
Price: Free! Words: 90,850. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
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Francis Bacon is charged with investigating the murder of a barrister at Gray's Inn. He recruits his unwanted student Thomas Clarady to do the tiresome legwork, chasing witnesses from Whitehall to the London streets. Everyone has something up his pinked and padded sleeve. Even the brilliant Bacon is at a loss — and in danger — until he sees through the disguises of the season of Misrule.

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